Although it has been rumored for quite some time, UFC vice president of fighter relations, Joe Silva, confirmed before yesterday’s “UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-ins that they have indeed inked the talented Brazilian to join their stacked light heavyweight division.
Last week, multiple reports confirmed that Nogueira, the twin brother of former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, would be making his Octagon debut at UFC 106 against Luis Cane. However, Silva was not able to confirm that bout at yesterday’s weight competiton.
Little Nog holds a 17-3 career record, with most of his battles coming against some of the world’s best fighters during his time with Pride and Affliction Entertainment.
The talented Brazilian is currently riding a five-fight winning streak and holds two wins over current Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, while also defeating Dan Henderson, Guy Mezger and Kazushi Sakuraba.
Cane has been making quite a name for himself during his brief stint with the UFC. He stakes claim to an impressive 10-1 record and is quickly making his way up the steep light heavyweight totem pole.
His only hiccup came via DQ against James Irvin at UFC 79 after Cain landed an illegal knee to Irvin’s dome while he was still down.
UFC 106 is slated to jump off inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The November 21st pay-per-view broadcast will be headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s title defense against undefeated Shane Carwin.
Also, Tito Ortiz will be ending his MMA hiatus as he returns to meet Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in the night’s co-main event.